Week 8- 2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the eighth edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Leaving on a Jet Plane!

Another astonishing summer in the books! This week’s memory books, tie dye day, luau,  village goodbyes, and closing ceremony were some of the highlights of the summer. Thanks to all of our families and staff for all of your support and enthusiasm. Our tribe is stronger than ever and the relationships we have all made will remain with all of us throughout our lives!

See you next summer!

 

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

Week 7- 2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the seventh edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Nature Ned!

Ned Gilmore from Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences gave our lower campers a glimpse at what it’s like to explore for fossils! Ned is an old friend of Camp Creek Run and we always love how dedicated he is to his field and how he brings his enthusiasm to our youngest kids. He brought lots of interesting fossils to show the campers and let them handle some of them. They were amazed when they found sharks teeth and other fossilized goodies with their magnifying glass. Remember to visit the museum in Philly with your family!

Happy Trails!

There are a whole lot of trails on our 50 acre property. Keara works hard during the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons to keep the trails clear and scout out new paths through our forest. Every day, upper campers have the opportunity to walk through our woods with Jaimie and Keara takes the lower camp out on Forest Walk Fridays! Keara has been teaching the kids lots of new bird calls so don’t forget to get the little ones out to the nearest forrest to try them out!

Cardboard Carnival !

One of the highlights of the summer is always Carnival! The villages prepare amazing hand made games for all the tribe to test out. CCR had sixteen unique games this year where there were prizes a plenty to be earned. There was also face painting, tattoos, pop corn, and lots of music. The CITs helped man the games and the campers tried their best to win. Great job everyone!

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

 

Week 6- 2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the sixth edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

This Camp is on Fire!

The Evesham Fire Department made its annual visit to Camp Creek Run this week. They brought in two fire trucks and an ambulance! The kids were really excited to take a tour around the vehicles. After the tour the campers were treated to a thorough drenching in the field by one of the fire trucks. The EFD do a great service for our community and we appreciate them spending some time with our kids!

Have You Seen the Little Piggies!

Izzy and Baby are our two resident pigs at CCR. They have many admirers and can often be seen having quality time with the campers. They have a very healthy diet on most days but can be coaxed into a few goldfish now and again at our Dolittle Farm. If you’re around camp, stop by and say hi!

Synchronicity!

There is nothing like seeing 20 or so campers all pirouetting at the same time in a four foot pool. To music. The lifeguards took a break from lessons this week to teach the upper camp villages some complex and unique synchronized swimming displays. The event really is the ultimate in team building and shows all the campers how important each of them is to the final product. During the event you can see a variety of facial expressions from intense concentration to utter hysterics. Great job lifeguards and counselors!

 

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

Week 5- 2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the fifth edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Minute to Win It!

Every Friday Adam runs our Minute to Win It competition where representatives from the villages and staff go head to head for the best time at wacky challenges. This weeks MTWI was the great Oreo cookie challenge. Contestants had to move an Oreo from their forehead to their mouths without using their hands. Hannah is a master of the test! The summer’s pics from this contest are always the best!

Fishing for Compliments!

CCR campers love to fish. With little more than hot dogs, our kids catch a whole lot of them. On Fridays, Aubrey and some serious CIT fisherman take lower campers out to lure in the big ones. For some of the little guys, it’s their first time fishing.

Secret Identities!

All week, the Camp Creek Run villages created amazing and mystifying costumes for the big Masquerade Ball on Thursday. There were themes and individual visions that were truly artistic. Judi, our arts and crafts supervisor, led our tribe to great self expression. We always talk to the campers about enjoying the act of creating things with friends more than what the final product brings them. Young people need to use their imaginations as often as they can. The day was outstanding but the week will hopefully be memorable. Thanks staff!

 

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

Week 4- 2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the fourth edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

It’s Electric!

Sarah from the Franklin Institute put on an energetic show for the campers on Tuesday. Her talk was about the human body and the nervous system. Many kids were eager to be part of the discussion as Sarah had lots of cool information and plenty of great educational props. If you haven’t been to the Franklin Institute lately, get the kids over there and enjoy one of Philly’s gems!

By the Pool!

At Camp Creek Run, we have a great group of lifeguards and aquatics instructors. From our littlest Kittatinny to our tallest Iawanda, our staff keeps our kids safe and gives them all the basics to become strong swimmers. It’s amazing to see the progress of our newest swimmers every week. Our waterfront staff has many years of experience with our camp and you can tell our kids enjoy each of their instructors.

Bake Off!

The talent of our staff is undeniable! Thursday, the whole tribe competed in our annual CCR Bake Off! All the villages picked categories from the theme of musicals. Then they had just a half hour to create an edible masterpiece that showed artistic flair, technical know how, and teamwork. There was icing everywhere as all of the staff led their villages to greatness! In the end, the Winbeams and the Tamaracks took top prizes and all the campers enjoyed the fruits of their labors. Did we mention Helena won the tasting competition? What a day!

Raise Your Flag!

Our Leaders In Training campers created colorful  flags that lined the fences at Camp Creek Run. Each camper stenciled an animal of their choice on the flags. The peaceful images really add a lot to the drive in and out for our camp families.  Great job out there!

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

Week 3- 2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the third edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Who Cooks For You All?!

Cristin from the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge visited camp this week and brought along two of her raptor friends. Cedar Run is a great community resource where families can bring injured or orphaned wildlife. Cristin had great insight about the owls and the campers really enjoyed the talk.

The Sporting Life!

Keith and Aubrey, our upper and lower camp sports supervisors, have been doing a bang up job in the fields of Camp Creek Run. They have so many fun and unique games for the kids to participate in. On Fridays, Aubrey takes the lower camp out fishing and during afternoon activities, Keith is out on the archery range with the upper campers. Great job!

 

Contemplating Peace!

Our Leaders In Training campers created origami cranes this week for each of our staff and campers. Creating origami artwork is not easy. The artist must focus in on the work for the image to be successful. It was a true act of teamwork to complete the task. Each camper signed a crane and we displayed the work along the inside of the common area.

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

Week Two- 2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the second edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Pickup Trash!

The Litter Critter strolled through the campground this week with some pep in his size fifteen paws. He led the kids around the common area picking up any extra litter that could be found. The LC is an old friend of Creek Run who reminds our kids to leave a place better than you found it!

Activities Galore!

In the afternoons at the Upper Camp, kids get to pick from many activities three times a day. Every year we have camper favorites such as arts and crafts (Judi), archery (Keith and Adam), Pottery (Jen), and many more. This year we have lots more science and nature experiences for everyone. Aubrey is creating all kinds of interesting concoctions and Helena and Jaimie are scouring the farm and trails. Remind your kids to try a new activity everyday!

Olympic Fever!

The entire CCR Tribe got in the spirit of the olympic games as we mixed up the villages into nations. led by village chiefs, the campers toured the campground and participated in many amazing and challenging events. Jello the Guinea Pig carried out the torch and the games began with much frivolity. To add to the excitement, we added a hard fought hula hoop, donut eating, and cheese puff catching events. It takes a lot of energy and fortitude to make such an event possible. Thanks to all of our staff for keeping our special camp days so astonishing!

One Nation!

Our Leaders In Training campers created an awesome mosaic out of torn paper this week. Each camper and staff was asked to write down what their ethnic heritages on a piece of paper (ex. Irish, Columbian, Nigerian) and sign the paper. The LIT kids gathered the red, white, and blue papers and designed them in the shape of an american flag. The great thing about Camp Creek Run is that we look at everyone as a part of our tribe. Just like we as Americans should accept all people from around the world into our great country. The flag is posted in the front of the camp building. Take a close look soon! Well done, campers!

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

Week One-2017

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the first edition of the 2017 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Welcome Back

It seems like just yesterday that all of our Camp Creek Run Tribe said our goodbyes for the school year. And here we are, together again! We have so many plans for the summer and are eager to get going! Thanks to all of our camp families and staff for all the support with the summer camp and all of the other programs that we run throughout the year.

Slitttthering!!

Scott the Snake Guy visited Creek Run CCR this week and he brought the goods! Scott is an old friend of the camp and always excites the kids with his wide variety of slithering pals. The oohs and ahhs can be heard from down the lane as Scott presents the snakes to the kids and has many interesting facts and stories about each of them.

Leaders in Training!

Our oldest campers, the CITs, are an important part of our camp. All of the campers apply for the program because they love being around kids and love being around Camp Creek Run. This summer, we are evolving our program into a leadership curriculum. Led by CIT Supervisor Adam, we hope to add to our great traditional “morning of assisting the counselors” to having the campers design and execute themed challenges. For example, this week the kids went around to each village and asked the campers to tell them how they could make someone feel welcome at school, their town, or at camp. The CITs wrote down their answers on colored paper (colors of the rainbow) and strung up the pieces around trees at camp. It was a great way for everyone at camp to take a look at the many ways to welcome someone and remind all of us that we are always adding friends to our tribe. The CITs did a great job and everyone was happy with their energy and positivity. More to come!

 

One Tribe!

All week the campers prepared their village flags and camp cheers for our parade on Thursday. The highlight of the parade is when all of the groups gather in the common area after walking around the lake singing their cheers. The sound can be deafening and the looks on the faces of the kids can only be appreciated close up. We like to think that camp is very peaceful until we decide it isn’t. Great work staff and campers!

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

 

Week Eight-2016

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the eighth edition of the 2016 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Where Did the Summer Go?!

What an amazing week and summer. This week’s memory books, tie dye day, luau,  village goodbyes, and closing ceremony were some of the highlights of the summer. Thanks to all of our families and staff for all of your support and enthusiasm. Our tribe is stronger than ever and the relationships we have all made will remain with all of us throughout our lives!

See you next summer!

 

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

 

 

 

Week Seven- 2016

Hello Creek Run Tribe!

Hello parents and campers! Welcome to the seventh edition of the 2016 on-line Trail Talk, Camp Creek Run’s summer camp newsletter. We had a fun-filled week and we hope you did too!

Needs Salt!

There have been some pretty sophisticated culinary dishes coming out of the upper camp this summer. Chef Dani has been cooking without fire all summer and you need reservations to get in. Many dishes start out in the garden and end with the campers chopping, mixing, and eating all of nature’s bounty. We’ve seen caprese salad, dill vegetable dip, salsa, and many more. The best thing about the activity is seeing kids try new tastes they never would at home. Bon Appetite!

The Gauntlet!

At Creek Run, there is a tradition where the staff break into two teams and meet on the field to show off their athletic prowess and intestinal fortitude! The Grizzly Bears and the Wolverines have played Honker Hauser, Gaga, and Nukem. The kids love watching their counselors play camp games. It’s also a great way for the upper and lower camp to come together for some silly fun. Good luck out there!

Fun and Games!

Our annual Camp Creek Run Carnival was a blast! All of the villages created carnival games and the camp added more to have a total of fourteen! There were prizes at each station and there was face painting and cotton candy and music! Everyone had so much fun moving around the common area that was transformed into a carnival. Thanks to all of the staff for all of their hard work!

Camp Directors Neil & Keara

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